Independence hires offensive coordinator Joe Evans as new head coach

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

Independence High School has hired former offensive coordinator Joe Evans to replace the outgoing Bill Geiler.

Geiler announced his retirement following the 2012 season.

Evans, 32, takes over a very successful program that has won eight state championships since 2000.

The Patriots (10-3) lost to eventual state champion Butler 55-26 in the second round of the NCHSAA 4AA playoffs.

Before Geiler, Tom Knotts led Independence to 109 straight wins and seven consecutive state championships from 2000 to 2007.

Five questions with Independence's new head coach:


1. What do you think will be the hardest part of transitioning from coordinator to head coach?

"The hardest part will be being responsible for an entire program and not just one side of the ball.  All the coaching points to me and not just the offense."

2. How would you describe your style of coaching?

"My style is fast and furious and very energetic and enthusiastic."

3. What’s the first thing you focus on now that you are head coach?

"First thing we will focus on will be continuing to get stronger in the weight room and getting the guys ready for spring workouts."

4. What are your thoughts on replacing two very successful coaches?

"You can never replace a Tommy Knotts or a Bill Geiler.  You can only keep the core values the same from the foundation they set forth."

5. What is your goal for the Patriots in 2013?

"2013 goal is to get better in EVERY phase of the game and compete for championships."